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Just Another Tech Blog

Anything and everything having to do with technology, computers, science, and most of all... Linux! The documentation of my Linux endeavor.

Extreme Technology: Extreme Dreamliner!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

You thought the Airbus A380 was nice? Check out this thing, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner!
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, May 31, 2006 | link | 1 comments |

Aye Karamba!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

One of my favorite things about Linux is its seemingly endless customizations, including various eye candy! My favorite eye candy, or rather eye-candy controller, is SuperKaramba. It provides you with a nice GUI (see/ click screenshot) for loading tons of eye candy to your desktop. Currently, I have Liquid Weather, and my own variation of TechMon running on my desktop (see screenshot), but there are countless other themes you can run including ones for media playback, photos, email, and more! A great place to get these nice themes is the Karamba section of KDE-look. But first, you must download/ install SuperKaramba. To do so, you can build form source, or find a file on KDE-look that is built for your distro (ie. rpm, etc). If you decide to build from source, make sure you have all the libraries for KDE, QT, and Python installed (I was not able to install without these). Install with the traditional ./configure, make, and make install. Once installation is done, have fun downloading all the "useful" eye candy you can! But, sometimes you may find that what you download isn't quite right for you, and you feel the need to configure. Since most themes don't have the option when you right-click on them to "configure theme," you will have do the editing the good old text based way. To do this, find the .theme or .py (if you know Python) file of the theme you want to edit and open the file with your favorite text editor. Configuration is fairly simple, and you will learn fast. Editing your theme is especially helpful with system monitors (such as TechMon) if they don't automatically find the right hardware to monitor. Luckily, you will most likely not have to configure anything or make changes. So, have fun with your new eye candy!
posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Satellite could open door on extra dimension

A new, rather exotic theory that proposes the existance of an extra fourth spatial dimension could be tested by a satellite due to launch in 2007. How? Well, the test would monitor bursts of high-energy gamma-rays from the deaths of massive stars that may reveal whether the universe contains extra dimensions.

read more | digg story
posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 Perpendicular! HD Review.

"Since the first time 'Get Perpendicular' got stuck in our heads, we've anxiously anticipated the arrival of perpendicular recording technology. The wait has been long, especially on the desktop, but perpendicular recording has finally arrived in Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 hard drive. And it's arrived in style. Seagate has exploited the new recording technology to offer a drive with a monstrous 750 GB capacity—50% more than any other drive on the market." Also, the cost for the drive comes in at only about $0.55 per gigabyte whereas 500GB hard drive go for around $0.52.

Read more | Digg story
posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Slashdot Redesign!

Slashdot has been redesigned! It is now much more modern and looks a whole lot better. See the redisign here. Actual slashdot.org has not been updated, this is just a winner announcement.
posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Learn Perl in 10 easy lessons- Lesson 1

This is a little series in Linux Forums about learning pearl, as the title suggests, in only 10 lessons. Looks good so far, maybe I will take a try at it... Anyway, for those really wanting to learn the basics of Perl fast, this is for you.
Lesson 1
posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Windows Vista vs openSuSE smackdown!

Great stuff here, its Windows Vista vs. openSuSE 10.1! The condenders where tested in the areas of hardware support/ configuration, performance, security, and overall look and feel. Also, find out how Xgl compares to Windows Vista's Aero Glass. Guess who wins? Ha, read it! True Linux users won't be surprised...
posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

VMware Player

Monday, May 29, 2006

I have spent this morning of May 29 experimenting with VMware Player. So far, so good. Installation was easy, but make sure you have kernel-source installed, it is needed by installation/ configuration/ execution. Then came the configuration, also easy. The hardest part was figuring a way out of the seemingly endless EULA (End User license Agreement). After experimenting with some key combos, I figured out that pressing "Shift-Q" gets you to the final agreement. Maybe that is common knowledge for Linux users, but now I know. Anyway, after installation and configuration was complete, I booted Syllable, an "easy-to-use GPLed operating system for the home and small office user." Syllable running on VMware PlayerAs far as I have experimented, I think Syllable has great potential. It's interface is pure and simple. Performance was as I expected from running a full Distro from as a virtual machine, but not terrible. I hear that when actually installed on one's computer, Syllable is to be lightning-fast. As always, I have not got the internet to work, but I believe this is just a matter of correctly configuring the VMplayer. Overall, I was quite pleased with VMplayer. It has a fairly friendly interface itself and loading virtual disk images is a breeze. I also tried running DeLiLinux, but have not got it to boot properly, once again, a matter of configuration. You can also use VMplayer to run The Browser Appliance, which is used to improve the security of Windows machines. It does this by letting you run Firefox from the virtual PC and browse the web without affecting Windows in anyway, thereby preventing any web-based attack (the most common form of security attack). It really doesn't make sense for me to use such a program because I already use Linux! Anyway, if you would like to download VMware Player, you can do so here. Have fun!
posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 29, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Google Earth coming to Linux

Great news! Just after Picasa was released we find out they are also working on Google Earth for Linux also. (info is under "Picasa Port to Linux" section)

read more | digg story
posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 29, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

So it shall be...

Sunday, May 28, 2006

I have decided to take up learning the Python programming language this summer. It seems like the best language to start off with for me, being easy to learn, but with vast potential in higher-level programming. So, untill I get an actual book, I am learning from Dive Into Python. It is really practical to start off because you when you download it, you get a lot of examples too. Well then, good luck to me on my quest to learn python!
: )
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

A quick guide to installing Ruby

As a follow up to my last post, I have decided to post a quick noob guide on how to install Ruby, RubyGems, and Ruby on Rails.
To start off, download the latest version of Ruby (Ruby 1.8.4 is currently reccomended for Ruby on Rails). You can download Ruby (1.8.4) here. Once you have downloaded Ruby, unpack it using:

tar -xzvf ruby-1.8.4.tar.gz

Change to the created directory, and type the following:


Then, run make:


Then, run make install (you may have to be root to do so):

make install

And there you have it, Ruby is installed. Next, I will talk you through installing RubyGems, the standard Ruby package manager. First, you must download RubyGems. You can do so by clicking this link. Once again, unpack .tgz package:

tar -xzvf rubygems-0.8.11.tgz

Then, just run setup.rb (once again, as root if needed):

ruby setup.rb

Now RubyGems is installed. Next, we install Rails (Ruby on Rails). Ruby on Rails is "an open-source web framework that's optimized for programmer happiness and sustainable productivity. It lets you write beautiful code by favoring convention over configuration" To install Rails, simply type the following:

gem install rails --include-dependencies

And there you have it, a complete Ruby setup with RubyGems and Rails! Congrats, now start programming! If you have errors installing any of the above, just leave a reply to this post and I will try to help. OR, use this link to get to the Ruby documentation pages. OR, use this link to get to the Ruby Forum.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer's Guide First Edition (free online book)

For anybody wanting to start programming using ruby, but doesn't want to spend the $30+ on a book to learn from, this is for you. This is a full, free, online book introducing and teaching you how to program with ruby. It give you all the information and resources you will need to start with ruby. I myself am planning to learn ruby (or maybe python) as my first programming language due to it enormous potential and great interface. Good luck to any of you out there partaking in a similar endeavor!
See online book here.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

The Potential of the Cell Processor for Science

Researchers take a look into the potential of the Play Station 3's Cell Processor for, yes, science! "Overall results demonstrate the tremendous potential of the Cell architecture for scientific computations in terms of both raw performance and power efficiency," the authors wrote in their paper."We also conclude that Cell's heterogeneous multi-core implementation is inherently better suited to the HPC environment than homogeneous commodity multi-core processors." Read more here.
Direct link to full paper (pdf)
See Slashdot post here.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 28, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Very cool paper on FTL travel

Saturday, May 27, 2006

For all of you with some knowledge of physics, here is a paper written by Mohammad Mansouryar on FTL travel (Faster Than Light travel). Suprisingly, it actually makes sense... at least to someone with knowledge of physics. Anyway, check it out here. See Mansouryar's home page here.

posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 27, 2006 | link | 1 comments |

Linux still trumps OSX

"We recently ran a feature item which suggested, heretically, that Linux was faster than Apple's OS X for statistics."
Chalk up another one for Linux!

read more | digg story

Digg this, I submitted!
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 27, 2006 | link | 1 comments |

Sega of the Upgrade to SuSE 10.1: A user's harsh story

Uh, oh. One user's troubles in upgrading from SuSE 10.0 to 10.1. Note, this is about upgrading, not just re-installing the new version. Read this and think twice, if you are thinking about doing the same. Not for the Linux noob!
See here.
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 27, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

A survey of Linux Web development tools

For those of you in Linux web developing, here is a quick survey of some of the most popular programs in the game. Excellent for a newcomer, or someone who is tired of their old program, and wants something new.
Check it out!
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 27, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Extreme Technology: Extreme Camera!

Extreme Technology: Extreme Camera!
Awesome camera that takes incredible photos, there for all you photography nerds! : )
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 27, 2006 | link | 1 comments |

Test your hard drive using SMART

Friday, May 26, 2006

This is a very useful technique that a fellow linux user showed me. It involves SMART, or Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. SMART is controlled through smartctl. To read the full SMART/ smartcld manual type the following at a terminal:

man smartctl

Then, to let SMART perform a short test of your hard drive, type:

/usr/sbin/smartctl -t short /dev/hda

The last part of this command (hda)signifies which hard drive is to be tested. The test takes a few minutes, so be patient. After the test is finished, view the results by typing:

/usr/sbin/smartctl -a /dev/hda

If all goes well, you will see a message like this:

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours) LBA_of_first_error
# 1 Short offline Completed without error 00% 325 -

This message confims that the test ran well, and your hard drive is fine, and if it detects any errors, you will know what you are up against.
Hope this helps!
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 26, 2006 | link | 1 comments |

Free Photos for Your Web Site or Blog

Sick to death of the rotten stick figures that come with PowerPoint? Want to punch up your presentations, your blog, your Web site? Getting ready to shell out money for custom or stock photography? Don't.

read more | digg story
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Request an App to run on Linux

I just found this. Appearently Novell has a nice little service where you can request an App to run on Linux. I don't know how often they actually respond to you with a working app, but it looks like this could be good. Check it out!
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Google Releases Picasa for Linux

Google has finally released Picasa for Linux. I hope Google Earth follows!
Check it out/ download here.
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

25 Worst Tech products of all time

25 of the worst tech products ever made. Topping out the list was AOL!!

read more | digg story
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

YES! My computer is back!

Finally, after about a week of having no computer of my own, I finally got it working again by just removing the bad hard drive, but that is not all. A fellow linux user that was helping me to solve this problem had told me to see what brand hard drive I had in my computer. I looked and the brand turned out to be Magnetic Data Technologies (MDT). We checked out the website, and it turns out they only sell refurbished hard drives. Well, that came as a shock to me. I then wrote to the vendor from which I purchased my computer and asked them what was up. They responded and told me that they would replace the bad hard drive for free. Nothing else. I am not really mad that they sold me a refurbished hard drive because they computer has been great and I got it at a great price, but I would have liked it if they had told me that I was getting a refurbished hard drive. Anyway, that aside, I am now waiting for that free hard drive, and I am thinking about just buying a new hard drive, just to be safe. At any rate, I now have SuSE 10 reinstalled and working, so I am once again happy. Sadly though, the bad hard drive is beyond use, and I suppose I will just have to to dispose of it. Well then... I wonder what my next big problem will be...
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 26, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Mathematical Proofs turned into Music

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

\"While looking at some proofs, it occurred to me that their structure resembled musical scores, so as an experiment I decided to see what they sounded like. Essentially, the musical notes correspond to the depth of the proof tree as the proof is constructed by the proof verifier.\"

read more
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, May 24, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

A WHOLE lot of links

Seeing as I don't have time to post all these links individually, I will just provide a nice list. I know, most of this news is a bit old, but come on, I havn't had internet for about a week!

The first three books any Linux user should read.
X.Org Foundation Releases X11R7.1
Athlon 64 x2 5000+ Socket AM2 Review
New Nvidia Graphic Drivers - v. 1.0-8762
NVIDIA 1.0-8762 Display Drivers
Puppy Linux 1.09 CE
3D Eye Candy for Linux
City finds big saving in Linux
Gnome 2.15.2 Released!

Thanks Tuxmachines.org!!!

BTW: My computer is not up and running yet, still same hard drive problems. But, I am working on it!
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, May 24, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

And I'm back!

After about a week of no Internet, I am back to posting. A powerful thunderstorm knocked out the TV and Internet to our house, but now I am back. Expect many posts in the next few hours!
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, May 24, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

JavE- A versatile editor for creating ASCII art

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

This is an article on a really cool program (editor) that helps you make great ASCII art. Check it out!
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Just the usual....

Ah, once again, my computer is not functioning. This time, a sudden hard drive error, on both my hard drives, at once! I have no idea what caused it, or what it really is. I am currently seeking help from SuSE Linux Forums. See my post here. Please help. This is my error message, for those to lazy to click the link to the post:
ide:failed opcode was:unknown
Buffer I/O error on dev hd2, logical block 39
In the last error message, the number at the end keeps increasing every time the error message returns (as in every couple of seconds). But, both these error messages are only 2 among many other error messages that I couldn't write down. I had SuSE 10.1 on my first hard drive and SuSE 10.0 on my second hard drive. I am going to start working on the problem tomorrow, seeing as I have not the time nor the will at the present.
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

PS3 to come with full Linux!

Monday, May 15, 2006

*EDIT* New, better link: here.

"The PS3 will come standard with a functional Linux Operating System as well as compilers and other tools to take advantage of homebrew software and prospective upstart developers. Of course, this also means the PS3 will be compatible with just about every USB device on the planet!"

read more | digg story

-Sorry, links may not work, looking for alt locations! Please stand by!
posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

A Second Chance

Because I am just that kind, I decided to give SuSE 10.1 another chance, mainly because of my previous post stating that I had found a way to get my wireless network card working. Well, I tried that, and it worked... at least partially. The system now recognizes the card, and I could theoretically connect to the Internet using the new Network Manager or Kinternet. But, neither really worked for me. Odd... So after some configuring using YaST and other resources, I got them.... to still not work. I am now looking into if this is a problem with my wireless router not letting the new system in the network. My SuSE 10.0 which I am using right now on my second hard drive works fine. But, since I have a different host name (linux-suse on 10.1 instead of just linux on SuSE 10.0) I am thinking that the router set up with my mom's Windows-based computer is viewing my computer (10.1 system with hostname linux-suse) as an intruder, and trying to block all access. Why do I think this? Well, when I am using SuSE 10.0, I usually just use Kinternet to connect to the wireless network we have running in our house. This is done by opening the Wireless Connection... dialogue and switching to the second tab, selecing the network, entering the WEP code, and pressing connect (I am trying to creat a shell script or other program that will do this for me at launch, but I have had no success). When I do the same under SuSE 10.1, after pressing connect, nothing happens. I am not connected, even though a dialogue box just came up and said "Connected successfully to *network name*." Then agin, it may just be by stupid noob intellect (or lack of it for this matter) that is keeping me from perhaps an egregiously simple answer. So, untill I figure this out, I still don't have SuSE 10.1 up an running with Internet access. But, as soon as I do, I can see a bright future with it!
posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Powers of Ten

This little video clip will, as one digg user (mike007pk) put, "warp your brain around those distances." "Those distances" meaning the ones present in space all the way to the once present at the sub-aomic level.

See digg story on proportions (not this exactly)
posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 15, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Hope is Renewed!

I just found a site explaining how to make wireless cards based on RaLink's RT2500 chip to work! This is truely a great discovery!
See here!
posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 15, 2006 | link | 2 comments |

Graphical Music: Harmonics Animated

"A musical realization of the motion graphics of john whitney as described in his book "digital harmony."
See here.
posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 15, 2006 | link | 1 comments |

Is string theory in trouble?

Sunday, May 14, 2006

String theory. A viable theory describing the universe? Or ill-defined and based on crude assumptions?

"Ever since Albert Einstein wondered whether the world might have been different, physicists have been searching for a “theory of everything” to explain why the universe is the way it is. Now string theory, one of today's leading candidates, is in trouble. A growing number of physicists claim it is ill-defined and based on crude assumptions. Something fundamental is missing, they say. The main complaint is that rather than describing one universe, the theory describes 10500, each with different constants of nature, even different laws of physics.

But the inventor of string theory, physicist Leonard Susskind, sees this “landscape” of universes as a solution rather than a problem. He says it could answer the most perplexing question in physics: why the value of the cosmological constant, which describes the expansion rate of the universe, appears improbably fine-tuned for life. A little bigger or smaller and life could not exist. With an infinite number of universes, says Susskind, there is bound to be one with a cosmological constant like ours.

The idea is controversial, because it changes how physics is done, and it means that the basic features of our universe are just a random luck of the draw. He explains to Amanda Gefter why he thinks it's a possibility we cannot ignore."


Read more.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Poor Yahoo...

What horific irony! The most popular Yahoo! search terms are "Google","Google search", and "search Google", with the "occassional 'myspace' or 'Jessica Simpson.'"
Read more.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Awsome Robot Wrestling from Robo-One 2006

See more awsome robots here!
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Ha, ha! I love it!

I have just started using the Performancing extension for Firefox, and it is the best blogging tool yet! With a quick, 10 second configuration, you can easily post to your blog, with out ever having to leave the site you are on!
Download extension here.
View main Performancing website.

See screenshot!
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

For a Bigger Hard-drive, Just Add Water

"Imagine having computer memory so dense that a cubic centimeter
contains 12.8 million gigabytes of information. Imagine an iPod playing
music for 100 millennia without repeating a single song or a USB
thumb-drive with room for 32.6 million full-length DVD movies. Now
imagine if this could be achieved by combining a computing principle
that was popular in the 1960s, a glass of water and wire
three-billionths of a meter wide. Science fiction? Not exactly."
Amazing new technology! Read more here.

posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

SuSE 10.1 Dissapointing

Well, yesterday I finally downloaded and installed SuSE Linux 10.1. I wish I hadn't. This latest release was a great dissapointment. The only major improvement I noticed was the new version of KDE (3.5.1). The thing that upset me the most was the loss of many drivers for wireless network cards. My card with a RT2500 Chipset no longer worked right after the install, and trying to get the drivers from the RaLink website to work drove me nuts! The new network manager is no good either. Novell should have stuck with Kinternet. I was, however, really impressed with the new boot/ splash screen and the overall appearance of the system. Everything looked nice and formal, without being overdone. I didn't try the gnome desktop, but from what I saw from screenshots, it looked a heck of alot better than the gnome dekstop theme standard in 10.0. The only other major improvement I noticed was more up-to-date software (such as Firefox), which I can really easily install/ update in SuSE 10.0. Overall, the release was not right for me, but I am sure that it will do fine for others. Now I am back with SuSE 10.0, and happy.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 14, 2006 | link | 3 comments |

CPU magazine falls for ThinkGeek.com's April Fool's prank, the WEC

"Computer Power User magazine thinks that ThinkGeek.com's WEC (Wireless Extension Cord) is real. They fell for it hook, line and sinker in the latest issue - June 2006. Pretty funny."

read more | digg story
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu

Here's one for all of you Ubuntu users, new to Linux. Having difficulty installing things? Don't know where to put stuff? Don't know where to execute? Well, this is THE guide for you. It basically shows you how you can install anything using Synaptic, the terminal, and other resources just as easily as with Windows!
Read more.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 14, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Bad news for my Graphics Card

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Well, I have done some more research, and apparently, very many people have my same problem. The problem is with the motherboard, and it is that the onboard graphics CAN'T be disabled. One person wrote to ASrock and they replied with:

"Thanks for contacting ASRock. Due to chipset limitation, it is no way to disable onboard VGA on P4i45GV.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Best Regards

Many people have said they did the same as I have: bought a graphics card, it worked with Windows, but the same INIT:PANIC message comes up with SuSE and other distros just freeze. I am a bit distraught at this, because i also read that I can't run XGL with my onboard VGA graphics set. Although this XGL is not all important, I would like to use my graphics card just to improve overall system performance (Celerons aren't the fastest CPUs out there).
Here is where I got my information:

The last link was posted by me, but the stuff the guy told me I guess doesn't work from what I heard elsewhere. I will try it anyways. Oh well, I guess if that fails, all that is left is to return my graphics card or get a new motherboard (which I don't want to do, because I have no idea how to take all hardware off of my current mobo and reinstall it without damaging anything). I still have a whole day of experimenting left though, so wish me luck!
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Full SuSE 10.1 Screenshot Tour

The name really says it all, check it out here.
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Researchers Look Beyond the Birth of the Universe

"According to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, the Big Bang represents The Beginning, the grand event at which not only matter but space-time itself was born. While classical theories offer no clues about existence before that moment, a research team at Penn State has used quantum gravitational calculations to find threads that lead to an earlier time."

read more
posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 13, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

SuSE Linux 10.1 Final Report (yes more about SuSE)

Friday, May 12, 2006

Yet another post about SuSE Linux 10.1. My install of SuSE 10.1 will take place tomorrow. Untill then, here is a report on Tuxmachines.org about SuSE 10.1. Just a basic overview about the new release, including some info on XGL.
Read more here.
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 12, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Graphics Card Troubles

As you know, about a week ago I purchased a new PNY Verto GeForce 6200 128MB AGP 8x graphics card for my computer. After testing for about a week with Windows (~shudder~), I realized that it really did boost my performance significantly. So, wanting quickly to get away from Windows, I decided to install SuSE Linux 10.0 (my favorite Linux distro). No, wait, before that I tried installing Free Mandriva Linux 2006 (just for a quick install do down load SuSE 10.1), and booting Knoppix 3.9 and Kanotix Light LiveCDs. Anyway, none of these worked. So, a bit distressed, I contacted a fellow Linux user (who has already helped me numerous times and to whom I am eternally grateful). He told me to remove my graphics card and try the installs again. Of course, the installs went flawlessly. Now I just hope I can get my graphics card reinstalled with the necessary drivers for Linux, or I just wasted $50 on a graphics card I can't use. Wish me luck! Updates will follow...
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 12, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Torrents Suck

Yesterday, I spent about 4 hours trying to get the SuSE Linux 10.1 torrent to work. In those four hours I managed to download only 900MB out of 3.7GB! Not to mention that Ktorrent kept crashing (odd). This morning, I tried downloading the ISOs and I manged to download the first 2 CDs in less than an hour! So, for all of you waiting to get SuSE 10.1, get the ISOs, they are a heck of alot faster than the torrent*.
*Note* This may also depend on your internet connection! So what works for me, may not work for you, I just like to think it will : )
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 12, 2006 | link | 6 comments |

SuSE 10.1 Released!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Finally, SuSE 10.1 is offically released! I am downloading as I write this!
Link to download: here.
posted by linnerd40, Thursday, May 11, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

A 4.1 Ghz Dual Core @ $130?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wow, a regular Intel Pentium D 805 2.66 Ghz OVERCLOCKED STABLE, WITHOUT EXTRA COOLING @ 4.1 Ghz! This thing outperforms even the Pentium Extreme Edition 965 and AMD FX-60! WOW! + for Intel! Huge, 45 page review/ benchmarks/ summary, and how it actually works. Read more here!
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, May 10, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

SuSE 10.1 Release Tomorrow!!!

I am already excited about the release of SuSE Linux 10.1 tomorrow. I can't wait to get XGL running on my desktop! Wow, as soon as I get 10.1 I will attempt to write my own review and post it here on my blog! I had to take out my graphics card today though, it didn't work at first with my fresh install of SuSE 10.0, but I am trying to get it to work. I will update you with any further success or failure (you being my possible, but probably non-existant readers).
posted by linnerd40, Wednesday, May 10, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Big Bang Theory Obsolete? New Theory Emerges!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

For years, the Big Bang Theory has been our explanation for the origin of the universe, but recently a joint US-UK team has come up with a new theory. This new theory claims that the Universe undergoes cycles of "Big Bangs" and "Big Crunches," so really, our Universe now is only a "child" of the previous one.
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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, May 09, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

10 Megabyte Hard Disk for $3,495 (Full-Sized Picture)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

"That's right, a 10MB hard disk for only $3,495 back in 1980 and it's refurbished to boot."

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posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 07, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

More Xgl Stuff: Desktop Hexagon

The rotating desktops, a key feature of Xgl, is no longer constrained to four faces! Beta 11 now gives way to a hexagon! Check out this link for more info and screenshots!
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, May 07, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Use a Nintendo DS or PSP to control an XBOX! (Video + Screenshots Included)

Saturday, May 06, 2006

The person who brought you the homebrew tic-tac-toe game that connected the PSP and Nintendo DS together has been at it again! This time he has made a hardware mod that allows the person to control an XBOX with his or her Nintendo DS or Sony PSP. The instructions are included.

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posted by linnerd40, Saturday, May 06, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

SUSE Linux 10.1 is Done

Friday, May 05, 2006

In a post to the opensuse-announce mailing list Andreas Jaeger stated that 10.1 has gone gold. He stated, "We mastered wednesday RC4, fixed bugs and then mastered RC5 and declared that last night as goldmaster (= final version)."


"We only did a limited set of media for now and will do the final sets, all the delta ISOs (both from RC1 and RC3), and a proper frozen ftp tree on monday and distribute it to the mirrors so that we can announce and release this version next Thursday (12th of May).

This is intented as a quick FYI - I'll make a proper announcement next week with the release announcement."

See it on Tuxmachines

posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 05, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Kernel v2.6.16.14 Released

Today's kernel release is for a smbfs chroot issue. This should catch the slash on lookup or equivalent, which will be all obvious paths of interest. More Here and Here.
posted by linnerd40, Friday, May 05, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

New Graphics Card!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Just yesterday, I received the graphics card I ordered from Newegg. It is a middle-range PNY GeForce 6200 w/ 128MB RAM (see it here). As soon as the box was unpacked, I set off to install the card. Installation was easy except for the fact that some screws were missing. I solved this by just taking some screws elsewhere out of the system, and replacing those with screws I found at home. Then, I installed Windows *Cringe*. Yeah, as soon as SuSE 10.1 come out, I am loading that. Windows installations go fairly quick, and the card driver/ DirectX 9.0 did too. So now I have a working Windows system with a fairly nice graphics card (which is kind of loud). I have yet to actually test the thing though. I am going to install some games/ demos and see how they run. Hopefully this will be an improvement over integrated motherboard graphics.
posted by linnerd40, Thursday, May 04, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Black holes seem to control galaxy development

It's tough to feel warm and fuzzy about an infinitely dense object that holds light hostage, a dead star that would rip your feet from your head if you came within a few thousand miles of it. But, new research suggests they are triggers for galaxy development - nurturing nannies for star systems.

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posted by linnerd40, Thursday, May 04, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

The A-Z of self-hacking

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"I havve always been a firm believer in the idea of hacking yourself. After all, if you don't hack yourself, the hackers will. So, if your're a good security administrator, you must learn about the various hacking tools that might be used against your environment, become familiar with them, and use them. "

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posted by linnerd40, Tuesday, May 02, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Stable Linux Kernel Released

Monday, May 01, 2006

The stable kernel release is available. This one contains fixes for a couple dozen serious problems, though none of them appear to be security related (at least, they do not have CVE numbers assigned).
Other Link

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posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 01, 2006 | link | 0 comments |

Nvidia GeForce 7900 Quad SLI Performance Unveiled

"X-bit labs have a preview of NVIDIA's Quad SLI system based on two GeForce 7900 GX2 cards. On each GeForce 7900 GX2 is allocated 512 MB of on-board memory, which is connected through a special bridge chip with 16X PCIe lanes to the other daughter card and the system. The two GPUs on the card work in SLI mode. The core and memory are clocked lower than a single GPU card at 550 MHz and 1.2GHz (DDR). For Quad SLI, NVIDIA has introduced a new mode of SLI, AFR of SFR where each card alternately renders a frame split between the two GPUs of one card after the other. The GX2 cards are benched (when possible) at resolution of 2560 by 1600 with 32X SLI AA and compared to a Crossfire x1900 XTX system on a variety of games."
Originally posted @ slashdot: See Story.
posted by linnerd40, Monday, May 01, 2006 | link | 0 comments |